IMPORTANCE OF ORAL HEALTH
Dental Care Program
Proper dental care is critical for optimal health, yet, many special needs individuals throughout Florida are unable to receive the quality dental care they need. Poor oral health can negatively impact a person’s well-being. It can also reduce their confidence and self-esteem. In addition, lack of dental care often leads to chronic, debilitating conditions, extreme pain, and continual discomfort.
Special Day Foundation recognizes the importance of quality dental care for people with developmental disabilities. We have partnered with the University of Florida College of Dentistry to provide these critical services. Through this partnership, we’re able to increase the availability and funding of dental services to special needs children and adults.
The University of Florida Dental Centers and their qualified dentists provide specialized dental care for our Dental Programs. As a result, participants experience better oral health and enjoy a higher quality of life. The positive results of these dental visits are immeasurable, and the benefits last a lifetime.
WHAT OUR DENTAL CARE PROGRAM OFFERS
Three Primary Dental Services
There are limited numbers of philanthropic organizations who have an interest in funding ongoing dental care. Special Day Foundation is thrilled to have the ability to provide this much-needed service to the special needs community in Seminole, Naples and Hialeah and their surrounding communities.
Our Community Outreach Dental Program participants are eligible for two areas of service, preventative care and dental treatment. Preventative care by the hygienist includes dental screenings, hands-on oral hygiene training, and fluoride varnish treatments. While all three are important, patients are free to choose the programs they wish to participate in.
Based on the findings of the dental screening, participants can also receive dental care by a UF dentist following a specific treatment plan designed by the Dental Center.
Dental Care Program: Eligibility and Selection
Our Special Needs Outreach Dental Program runs from July 1st to June 30th each year. Prior to the start of each fiscal year, applicants are selected via a random lottery system.
Selected applicants are eligible to receive specialized dental care services for the duration of the care cycle. Dental care services will be provided on-site and/or at the University of Florida Dental Clinic located in Seminole, Naples or Hialeah, Florida.
PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT THE LOCATION NEAREST TO YOU AND THE CORRECT APPLICATION ON OUR WEBSITE.
To receive a copy of our dental brochure or learn more about the program, please contact the Dental Center closest to where you live. Or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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